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These ISU centers, institutes and programs serve producers, agribusinesses, rural communities, policymakers and educators and scientists across the nation and around the world.
Mission: To provide independent producers and processors with critical information needed to build successful value-added agriculture enterprises.
Mission: Coordinate educational programs and services for beginning farmers; assess needs of beginning and retiring farmers to identify opportunities for programs and services; and develop statewide programs to educate beginning and retiring farm families. The Center is a part of Iowa State University Extension.
Mission: The Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) will provide science-based analysis of the risks and benefits of genetically modified plant and animal products. It will provide guidance and education to help safeguard consumers and the environment.
BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF)
Mission: To advance the discovery, development and deployment of technologies for sustainable production of biomass feedstocks, biofuels and bio-based products, and to understand the effects of production of biomass and biofuels on rural landscapes and communities.
Mission: To deliver quality credit and noncredit educational offerings, provide reliable services and ensure exemplary support for technology use and distance education efforts of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station.
Mission: To conduct innovative public policy and economic research on agricultural, environmental, and food issues. CARD uniquely combines academic excellence with engagement and anticipatory thinking to inform and benefit society. CARD researchers develop and apply economic theory, quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary approaches to create relevant knowledge. Communication efforts target state and federal policymakers; the research community; agricultural, food, and environmental groups; individual decision-makers; and international audiences. Established in 1958, CARD is among the largest university-based agricultural policy research institutes in the United States.
Mission: The Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, created by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2006, provides law and policy expertise to the citizens of Iowa and the nation.
Mission: Established in 1987, it is committed to adding value to and increasing the utilization of Midwestern-grown crops to increase grower profitability and contribute to rural economic development by conducting basic and applied research, development, technology transfer and commercialization activities in developing new food, feed, biofuels and biobased products.
Mission: To conduct and foster interdisciplinary research to improve human nutrition and promote good health through new and traditional foods.
Mission: To engage in the discovery and application of science-based and indigenous knowledge to promote resilient, sustainable rural livelihoods in developing countries. We initiate and support collaborative training and development activities that strengthen the capabilities of rural people and their institutions to: improve agricultural and natural resource management practices; build assets; diversify income sources; and achieve food security, nutrition and health. CSRL’s partners are indigenous nongovernmental organizations, universities and international research institutes.
Mission: To serve as a catalyst for innovative projects and initiatives designed to improve the vitality of Iowa communities. CVC assesses and encourages best practices for stimulating entrepreneurship, philanthropy and rural-urban policy studies leading to actions that help to stimulate economic vitality of communities and rural areas. The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.
Mission:To add value to the egg industry by facilitation research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.
Mission: Established in 1984 by a grant from the U.S. Congress, it uses comprehensive data and computer modeling systems to analyze the complex economic interrelationships of the food and agriculture industry. It is a dual-university research program. FAPRI programs are conducted cooperatively by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at ISU and the Center for National Food and Agricultural Policy (CNFAP) at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Mission: To enhance the vitality, profitability and growth of the Iowa beef industry.
Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC)
Mission: To promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.
Mission: Named for Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold, this center was established by the Iowa Legislature in 1987 to conduct research on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of farming practices, to help develop profitable farming systems that preserve the productivity and quality of natural resources and the environment, and to work with ISU Extension to share these findings with the agricultural community and the public.
Mission: Goals of the institute include conducting research to develop new cold-hardy grape varieties that can thrive in the Midwest, conducting enology (the science of wine & wine making) research, developing a wine quality award program that will provide wine buyers a quality-assurance stamp of approval, establishing an outreach program to the industry by training a team of specialists, and partnering with community colleges to develop job training programs specific to growing grapes and making wine.
Mission: It is one of five regional centers established to develop collaborative interstate research and cooperative extension programs for commercial aquaculture. The role of the Director is to guide research and extension/outreach activities of the Center.
Mission: As part of the National Plant Germplasm System, (1) Acquisition, documentation, conservation, characterization, distribution and enhancement of plant genetic resources (PGR) and their diversity effectively and efficiently; and (2) facilitating utilization of plant genetic diversity in research and in crop improvement.
Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
Mission: To provide objective analysis and facilitate public dialogue concerning the impacts of public policy on rural people and places. ISU is a full partner in the RUPRI consortium with the universities of Missouri and Nebraska.
Mission: To improve the production, quality assurance, marketing, utilization and regulatory environment of seed through research, testing, teaching, outreach and international programs.
Mission: Established July 2005, it is to add value to the pork industry by facilitating research and learning for U.S. pork producers through national collaboration.